Jim Wilson is known for his uncompromisingly, notorious experimental pieces. With his piece God’s Chorus of Crickets, Wilson uses his characteristic motif of slowing tracks down to its maximum potential.
The sound you hear on this recording began as an actual live recording of crickets singing in the night. “I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something very mystic and complex…almost human.” Wilson has recorded two tracks played at the same time, the first being the natural sound of crickets played at regular speed and the second is the slowed down version of crickets’ voices. This unique piece creates an enchantment and its peaceful, luring sound is similar to that of a human chorus in harmony.
“Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.” Tom Waits on Jim Wilson’s recording.